Introduction to Clinical Sciences

CLS LabNorthern Michigan University’s School of Clinical Sciences offers a wide range of degree and concentration options in the clinical health and laboratory technology fields. In fact, clinical sciences is a vast field where professionals use laboratory skills and analysis to diagnose and assess patients. In general, students will learn how to obtain, examine, analyze and profile blood, body fluids, microscopic organisms, cells and other materials using laboratory instruments and techniques. At the same time, you will purse your selected degree level and/or concentration, delving deeper into aspects of areas such as computer systems, biopsy and tissue examination, genetic testing or clinical pathology. Our programs feature significant hands-on learning and many of them include an internship component. Our modern laboratories are design for small class size and a lot of personal attention. At the end of your program, you will sit for a national certification board exam in your discipline, allowing you to practice in a variety of healthcare, veterinary, forensic, pharmaceutical and private business or government settings.

Our department takes great pride in our “laddering” curriculum, which allows students to seamlessly continue their education in the clinical sciences, from certificate to associate degree to bachelor’s degree. We are also strong supporters of student research at NMU.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in the clinical sciences will grow between 11-15 percent from the present time until 2020. According to the BLS’s occupational handbook, the nation’s aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions through laboratory procedures and advances in technology will allow for new types and increases in laboratory analysis.

Outcomes Statistics 2012-2015


Pass Rate
Education Rates
Graduation Rates

Clinical Assistant

100% (5/5)
94% Employed (17/18)
6 Unknown
95% (23/24)
Medical Lab Technician 91% (45/49) 100% (52/52)
5 Unknown
98% (57/58)
Medical Lab Science 87.5% (7/8) 100% (3/3) 100% (13/13)
Diagnostic Molecular Science 100% (4/4) 100% (7/7) 100% (7/7)
Cytogenetics 100% (3/3) 100% (3/3) 100% (3/3)

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